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Soup, Salad, Peace and Justice: Our Annual Supper and Resource Fair Saturday, March 7th
“Many Cultures, One Community" is this year!s theme
! What is is like to come to Central Kentucky from other parts of the world? At our 23rd annual Peace Supper and Re" source Fair, CKCPJ co"chair Na" beel Jawahir will moderate two multicultural panels to explore that question. One panel will consist of persons who have come to central Kentucky from the wider world as adults. The other will consist of those whose parents came from elsewhere but who have, themselves, grown up in central Kentucky. The panels will explore: What surprises new arrivals? What is it like to be from a family from another cul" ture but to grow up here? What is good? What is di#cult? What parts of their own culture do these Kentuckians most want to preserve? ! Location: The University of Kentucky's E.S. Good Barn, 1451 University Drive, Lexington. ! Time: The resource fair be" gins at 5:00 p.m., the supper at 6:00 p.m., and the panel discus" sions at 7:00 p.m. ! Details: In order to make the supper a$ordable to as many as possible, we are keeping the menu simple: bread, soup, salad, dessert and beverages. Vegan soups will be available. Tickets are %8 for adults &18 & up' and %5 for students. There is no charge for children &12 or under' or per" sons with low income. ! Tickets: can either be pur" cha sed ahead of time f rom CKCPJ Board members, or res" ervations can be made by con" tacting Richard Mitchell at 859. 327"6277 or richard.mitchell@ insightbb.com . In Madison county, contact Maryann Ghosal at 859. 626.7495 or mar yann. firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with res" ervations can pay at the door. Unfortunately, we cannot guar" antee tickets will be available at the door for those without reser" vations. ! Deadline for reservations is 5:00 pm, Friday, February 27 th . When you contact us, please tell us how many will be in your party and how manye would prefer vegan soup. ! To reserve a space for a table display at the resource fair, contact Richard Mitchell. ! During the fair, there will also be an opportunity to bid on a selection of silent auction items. Come join us for an eve" ning of fellowship as we gather to rededicate ourselves to work" ing for a more sustainable, just, and peaceful world.
IN THIS ISSUE
• General Assembly Alert • Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending • Evening with the Mountain Keepers • One World Film Festival • UK Gender and Women’s Studies Spring Film Series • MNC Scholarship • War and the Economy • Terra Madre Presentations
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Staff: Gail M. Koehler, Newsletter Editor; Jill Hanna, Administrative Coordinator jhanna.ckcpj @gmail .com or call 859.255.6999. Board of Directors: Arne Bathke, Soreyda Begley, Joan Braune, Jim Embry, Joe Gallenstein, Mary Ann Ghosal, Rebecca Glasscock (co-chair), Katie Goldey, Chester Grundy, Mami Hayashida, Richard Mitchell, Howard Myers (treasurer), Rosie Moosnick, Kerby Neill, Aaron Hutson, Nabeel Jawahir (co-chair), Larry Johnson, LeTonia Jones, Steve Kay, Billie Mallory, Bruce Mundy, Rabbi Uri Smith Member Organizations: ACLU–Central Kentucky Chapter, Amnesty International UK Chapter, Bahá!is of Lexington, Berea Friends Meeting, Catholic Action Center, Central Christian Church, Central Kentucky Jewish Federation, Commission for Peace and Justice—Lexington Catholic Diocese, Franciscan Peace Center, Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO), Humanist Forum of Central Kentucky, Humanitarium, Hunter Presbyterian Church, Islamic Society of Central Kentucky, Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty–Central Kentucky Chapter, Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (KCIRR), Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice (KCCJ), Lexington Fair Housing Council, Lexington Fairness, Lexington Friends Meeting, Lexington Hispanic Association (Asociacion de Hispanos Unidos), Lexington Labor Council—Jobs With Justice Committee, Lexington Living Wage Campaign, Maxwell St. Presbyterian Church, Newman Center at UK, North East Lexington Initiative, One World Film Festival, Peace and Justice Coalition (Bluegrass Community and Technical College) Progress—student group at Transylvania University, Second Presbyterian Church, Shambhala Center, Sustainable Communities Network, Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, United Nations Association–Blue Grass Chapter.
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Kentucky General Assembly Alert ! This February, the Kentucky legislature convenes for a “short” ses" sion. Confronting a budget crisis, the session will be contentious as legislators and interest groups struggle to preserve or ﬁnd new revenue for their dearest priorities. Issues we are tracking include: ! Our friends at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth want the restoration of voting rights for former felons. ! Kentucky Youth Advocates has developed thoughtful ideas for added tax revenue. ! At a time when predatory lending has triggered worldwide recession, predatory gouging of the poor persists in Kentucky(especially payday lending and rent"to"own opera" tions. The Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending hopes to tackle the former during this session &see below'. ! The Council’s e"mail listserve will try to keep us posted on key legislative developments. If you wish to receive these notices, send an e"mail to JusticelistCKCPJ"firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending ! CKCPJ has joined the newly formed Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending. ! This coalition is working to promote state legislation to stop the abuses of the payday loan lending industry, a business which severely penalizes our most vulnerable citizens through predatory practices and interest rates. ! Other member organizations of the coalition include: the Ken" tucky chapter of AARP; CLOUT &Citizens of Louisville Organized & United and Working Together'; Community Action KY; Frontier Housing; Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky; Kentucky Asset Building Coalition; Kentucky Domestic Violence Association; the Kentucky Equal Justice Center; Kentucky Resources Council; Kentucky Youth Advocates; and MACED &Mountain Association for Community Economic Development'. ! An essential component of these e$orts will be to educate legislators regarding the serious impact of the practices and interest rates of the payday loan lending industry. ! For those interested in researching these issues, the Center for Re" sponsible Lending is a national organization worth examining. It is based in North Carolina and has o#ces in Washington, D.C., and California. Their website www.responsiblelending.org contains numerous policy studies, testimonials, and related resources.
Peaceways is published ten times a year by the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, 112 N. Upper St., Lexington KY 40507. Submissions of articles or items in the Calendar are welcome. Contact the editor, Gail M. Koehler at 859.355.5701 or email@example.com. Deadline: the ﬁrst Wednesday of the month. The views expressed in Peaceways are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reﬂect the views of the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice.
Evening with the Mountain Keepers April 9th
University of Kentucky Student Center Grand Ballroom 6-10 pm
! Join us for an evening that brings together artists, poets, journalists, musicians and organizers who present creative perspectives on Appalachian culture and Moun" taintop Removal &MTR' coal mining. Thanks to gener" ous sponsors, this event is free and open to the public. ! View the new creation The True Cost of Coal by the Beehive Collective &that’s art from their blog http://bee hivecollective.blogspot.com at left', view coal"culture ex" hibits and talk with artists and presenters, browse art and culture displays, watch MTR visuals, listen to Appala" chian music from Public Outcry! and others, and enjoy refreshments. ! The program will begin with a brief consideration of how public writing and grassroots community action work together to ensure a healthy, participatory demo" cracy. A short overview of Appalachia's endangered cul" ture and its uneasy relationship with coal will show how activist citizen"writers have worked for decades to make disturbing environmental and social justice issues visible to the public eye. ! Presenters include: Dave Cooper, Erik Reece, Silas House, Jason Howard, Jessie Lynn Keltner, Kate Larken, George Ella Lyon, Anne Shelby, and Larry Gibson. ! There will be readings from ﬁction, non"ﬁction, and poetry, time for a general Q & A, and for participants to informally chat with presenters, peruse the art, culture, and information exhibits, and hear more from Public Outcry! and others ! The evening is hosted by The UK Writing Program Community Engagement Series. Sponsors include the UK departments of Anthropology, Appalachian Studies, Forestry and Geography; the Bluegrass Sierra Club; Green Thumb Environmental Club; Kentuckians for the Commonwealth; O#ce of Residence Life at UK, and the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice. ! For more information you go to the event website www.uky.edu/~afma222/MountainKeepers.htm, call organ" izer Anne Mareck at 859.257.6995, or e"mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her article “From the Top of Black Mountain”(describing her experience of an MTR tour conducted by Dave Cooper in October(was pub" lished in the December 2008 issue of Peaceways, and is available online at our archive: www.peaceandjusticeky .org/peaceways_archives.htm.
Art by The Beehive Collective www.beehivecollective.org
One World Film Festival March Listings
! Lexington's 2009 One World Film Festival opens on February 15, and during the months of February and March will show eleven ﬁlms. This is the 11th Anniver" sary of the festival, which showcases documentaries and feature ﬁlms and sponsors speakers chosen to stimulate discussion and increase understanding of is" sues of race, culture, and ethnicity. All associated with the series are volunteers, and all ﬁlm showings are free and open to the public. ! Our January issue of Peaceways featured information on the February ﬁlms. This month, we feature those to be screened in March. For a complete listing, see the festival website at www.oneworldﬁlmfestival. org. Sunday, March 1, 2:00 and 4:30 pm: War Dance. This 2008 Academy Award Nominee for Best Docu" mentary Feature is set in civil"war"torn Northern Uganda and follows the lives of youngsters who attend school in a refugee camp and ﬁnd hope through their rich tradition of song and dance. Said Ty Burr in a re" view for The Boston Glob!: "If these stories are almost paralyzing in their inhumanity, the children's immersion in music and dance is deeply moving." Film shown at Lexington Library Theater, Central Branch, 140 East Main St., Downtown Lexington. Thursday, March 5, 5:00 and 7:30 pm: Up the Yangtze. A beautifully photographed documentary that had its U.S. premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, this ﬁlm depicts China's peasant life and the cultural upheaval caused by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam, and gives a human dimension to the changes facing an increasingly globalized China. Film shown at Kentucky Thea" tre, 214 East Main St., Downtown Lexington. Sunday, March 8, 2:00 and 4:30 pm: OutSourced. This low"keyed, full"length feature ﬁlm, is a satire about the human side of contemporary frustrations brought about by the emphasis placed on "global economy." A sales manager in Seattle, whose department is being outsourced to India, is sent to Mumbai to train his suc" cessor and in the process learns some important lessons about globalization. The romantic comedy reminds us that sometimes getting lost is the best way to ﬁnd yourself. Film shown at Lexington Library Thea" ter, Central Branch, 140 East Main St., Down" town Lexington. Thursday, March 12, 5:00 and 7:30 pm: Arranged. A full"length feature, Arranged tells the story of two
women, one an Orthodox Jew, and the other, a Muslim, both just starting their teaching careers in a Brooklyn school. They discover they both face "arranged mar" riages" according to their respective cultures. As the school year ends the women have found their future spouses, and developed a friendship that will endure as they move on to become wives and mothers and con" tinue to be modern women with deep religious convic" tions. Film shown at Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main St., Downtown Lexington. Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm: Under the Same Moon. This full"length feature ﬁlm shows the di" lemma of Mexican "illegals" living and working clandes" tinely in the U.S. and the loved ones they are support" ing back home. A nine"year old boy living in Mexico with his grandmother misses his mother in the U.S. so much that he uses his street smarts to get to the U.S. and ﬁnd her. Reviewer Owen Gleiberman says the ﬁlm’s “politics sneak up on you. The ﬁlm says that the U.S. immigrant situation is untenable, but then it forces us to ask: What should be done?” Film shown at Lexington Library Theater, Central Branch, 140 East Main St., Downtown Lexington. Thursday, March 19, 5:00 and 7:30 pm: Amal. A multi"layered portrait of contemporary India, this feature ﬁlm was shot in New Delhi, and is a modern" day fable that asks the question of what success means to each individual. The ﬁlm reveals that sometimes the poorest of men are the richest. Amal, says ﬁlmmaker Atom Egoyan, is “full of beauty, grace, and great sensitivity.” Film shown at Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main St., Downtown Lexington. Sunday, March 22, 2:00 pm: The Year My Parents Went On Vacation. This full"length feature is the story of a 12"year"old in Brazil whose parents are forced to leave the country. The parents tell the boy to always say his parents are on vacation when they take him to stay with his grandfather, an Orthodox Jew, but in their haste, the parents simply drop the boy o$ in front of his grandfather's apartment building. Unbeknown to them, the grandfather died the day before. The ﬁlm takes place in 1970, and tenderly shows how a young boy is forced into a change of life that builds his char" acter and his appreciation for the global community. Film shown at Lexington Library Theater, Central Branch, 140 East Main St., Downtown Lexington.
Transgressions and Transformations:
University of Kentucky Gender and Women"s Studies Spring Film Series
! The Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Kentucky runs this Spring Film Series through February and March. Our January issue of Peaceways featured information on the February ﬁlms. This month, we feature those to be screened in March. For a complete listing see: www.as.uky.edu/news _events/events/Pages/2008-09GWSEvents.aspx. ! The two ﬁlms listed here are shown on UK’s campus in Lexington at the Gaines Center’s Bingham"Davis House, 218 E. Maxwell Street. They are both free and open to the public. Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm: My Home#Your War. Shot in Baghdad over three years that span the time before, during and after the invasion of Iraq, this ﬁlm brings a perspective that has rarely been available to U.S. audiences. ! It combines interviews with Layla Hassan and her family, vibrant scenes of Baghdad, and intimate footage shot by Layla herself to paint a picture of how the war has a$ected average Iraqis. Her shy teenage son turns to militancy, her once"progressive sister dons the veil, and whatever freedom Layla had under Saddam Hussein's secular rule is steadily being eroded. ! While facts about the Iraq war garner much U.S. media attention, My Home"Your War is an account of something seldom discussed: how the Iraq war has cre" ated a situation where the rise of fundamentalism is putting women's rights increasingly at risk. ")H*ighly recommended...for its devoted and emotive investiga" tion and portrayal of life in war"torn Baghdad," says Educational Media Reviews. ! Commentary and discussion led by Diane King and Ban Al"Attar. Diane King is Assistant Professor in An" thropology whose research on Iraq focuses on gender, identity, and conﬂict and its resolution. Ban Al"Attar recently received her Master's degree from UK's Col" lege of Public Health. She is from Iraq. Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 pm: Bringin in Da Spirit. Through the use of ﬁrst person narrative and rare ar" chival images, this ﬁlm documents the history of Afri" can American midwives, those women who have skill" fully brought scores of children across the threshold of existence. Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, Bringin in Da Spiri# celebrates women who have committed them" selves to holistic answers amidst powerful misconcep" tions about the practice of midwifery and virulent op" position from practitioners of Western medicine. The ﬁlm won the Paul Robeson Award Initiative Special Prize, FESPACO, Burkina Faso, 2005. ! Commentary and discussion led by Rynetta Davis, Assistant Professor in English, who researches and writes about black and white women's cross" and intra"racial friendships as they are depicted in 19th and 20th century African"American literature.
Migrant Network Coalition"s “Achieving Dreams” scholarship
Since 1994, the Migrant Net" work Coalition &MNC' has been a broad"based coalition of public and private organizations and individu" als networking to meet the wide range of needs of our diverse Latino and immigrant communities in the state of Kentucky. ! This year, they are proud to an" nounce the 2009 MNC Achieving Dreams scholarship award for stu" dents accepted or enrolled in a 2" or 4"year college. All immigrants or minority students are encouraged to apply. ! Students are eligible for the scholarship if they: • possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher • are either a senior in, or gradu" ate of, a Kentucky high school, or are a GED recipient • Demonstrate ﬁnancial need ! Eligible students will need to complete a scholarship form and provide supporting documents. For those forms and for more informa"
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tion, contact: Erin Michelle Howard at Bluegrass and Technical College, Hispanic Outreach Services, 470 Cooper Drive, 211 Oswald Building, Lexington, KY 40506. You can call Erin at 859.246.6436, or e"mail her at email@example.com.
War and the Economy: Peace Action Task Group sponsors ﬁrst in a series of discussions and events
! This year, CKCPJ’s Peace Action Task Force has identiﬁed as its focus issues relating to the U.S. wars and their e$ect on our economy. We will be bringing you notices of events and Peaceways articles on related topics throughout the year. ! On Wednesday, January 21st, at Al’s Bar in Lexing" ton, the Task Force sponsored its ﬁrst event exploring this connection with a panel discussion by: Alan Bartley, professor of Economics at Transylvania Univer" sity, whose areas of research and specialization include both microeconomics and public policy issues; Sue Roberts professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky whose academic work has examined aspects of the changing geography of the international ﬁnancial system and its regulation; and Michael Benton, profes" sor of English at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. ! Each panelist presented an examination of the is" sues from their area of expertise. Michael Benton’s presentation focused on the media’s lack of attention to the link between the war and the economy and his work in helping students use critical analyses in exam" ining conventional media coverage of both the war and the current economic situation. He generously o$ered to share with Peaceways readers his extensive electronic archive of relevant resources available at: http://dialogic .blogspot.com/2009/01/rich"media"poor"democracy" researching.html ! The archive is organized in three parts: •Part One: Media Ownership documents the maximization of proﬁts at the expense of providing choice and diversity for consumers and points out that although the airwaves belong to the people, •government policy has favored private, not public, interests. •Part Two: Journalism and Democracy contains examples of the ﬁrst amendment being interpreted as a protection for owners and advertisers, and not edi" tors and reporters, and the e$ects of cost"cutting and consolidation of news departments on investigative journalism. •Under “Extras,” professor Benton has assembled examples of media inﬂuence on recent elections as well as important sources of alternative media.
Terra Madre 2008—Slow Food report coming to you
! Terra Madre 2008(held in Tu" r i n , It a l y, t h i s p a s t O c t o" ber(brought together over 6000 people for the largest"ever interna" tional gathering of small"scale farmers and local food producers. Twenty of them came from Ken" tucky. &See the January issue of Peaceways for a full report, available online at www.peaceandjusticeky.org/ peaceways_archives.htm'. ! On January 25th at the down" town Lexington Public Library, ﬁve of those attending from Kentucky shared their observations of the conference and their visions for the future of sustainable food. ! Pictured below, they are, left to right, Pete and Brenda Cashel of Te r r a p i n H i l l Fa r m & w w w. terrapinhillfarm.com/dnn', Mark Williams, panel moderator and rep" resenting Slow Food Bluegrass &www.slowfoodbluegrass.org', An" gela Caporelli, Kentucky Depart" ment of Agriculture &e"mail: firstname.lastname@example.org', and Jim Embry &www.sustainlex.org'. ! Yo u c a n g o t o w w w. slowfood.com to find out more about the conference and about food that is “good, clean, and fair,” based on what has been called eco" gastronomy(a recognition of the strong connections between plate and planet. ! These Kentucky delegates to Terra Madre are avail" able to speak about their experiences and the movement for local food sys" tems: contact Jim Embr y at embr y email@example.com to arrange presenta" tions.
!vents at a Glanc"
March 2"5: Gender and War Series, co" sponsored by Transylvania Women’s Studies and UK Gender and Women’s Studies Programs, Lexington
March 2(Anna Froula, “Visualizing American Women at War,” 4:00 pm, Room 211 New Student Center Addition, UK. March 3(Cynthia Enloe, “Why Paying Attention to Women Makes Us Smarter about the Iraq War,” 4:00 pm, Cowgill Building, Transylvania University. March 5(Francie Chassen"Lopez, “Women, War, and Body Politics in Nineteenth Century Mexico,” 4:00 pm, Room 211 New Student Center Addition, UK. Holler Poets Series #11 presents poets for peace in the mountains, a writer's perspective on mountaintop removal, featuring Erik Reece, Jason Howard, Jane Gentry Vance, Jude McPherson, Silas House, and George Ella Lyon(hosted by Eric Sutherland. The event is FREE. Fair Trade Week at Transylvania University Monday, March 30th(Information Booths around campus Tuesday, March 31st(Panel discussions with local vendors, activists and professors Wednesday, April 1st(Community Art Project in Gratz Park Thursday, April 2nd(Movie Night, held in Cowgill Building Friday, April 3rd(Fair Trade Fashion Show
CKCPJ Board Meeting, in our o#ces at 112 N. Upper St. All are welcome. Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Peace, Triangle Park in downtown Lexington. Kentucky Migrant Network, Cardinal Valley Center 1306 Versailles Road www.mnclex.net/Welcome.html Bluegrass Fairness of Central Kentucky, KCCJ o#ce, 112 N Upper St. Franciscan Peace Center, 3389 Squire Oak. FranciscanVision.org
For complete listings and more information see website at: www.as.uky.edu/news_ events/events/Pages/2008 "09GWSEvents.aspx.
Wednesday, March 25th 8:00 pm Al's Bar, 6th & Limestone, Lexington
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Come to the beneﬁt concert February 21st in sup" port of two local groups: the Peace and Justice Coalition, a BCTC student organization responsi" ble for the the 4th Annual 2009 Peace & Global Citizenship Fair &to be held this year on May 16th'; ! ! and Footprints for Peace, co"sponsors of the Lexington to Frankfort Walk to Stop Mountaintop Removal, February 14th"17th &for more in" formation, see: http://footprints forpeace.tripod.com'. Music by Sundown Service and Freak the Mighty. Sponsored by New Morning World &see website at http://newmorningworld.com'. For map and more: http://tinyurl.com/bhk5q9, or call Rebecca Glasscock at 859.276.6146. Look here for more information about the 2009 Peac! and Global Citizenship Fair in the coming months.
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